D.G. Grace was born at the same time as the space program and is still annoyed that we have not yet established colonies on the moon, opened public travel to Mars, or begun mining any of the asteroids. D. G. lives in Austin, Texas, and writes science fiction, fantasy, and any other genre of fiction that allows him to explore sex, gender, and orientation in the coming New Space Age (we're overdue). D. G. prefers realities which allow his characters to live and explore beyond Earth, beyond the solar system, and beyond the speed of light. His first novel is Gifts, an urban fantasy.
Descripción del libro
Billionaire, genius, centenarian R. Winchester Anson wakes after what should have been a fatal attack by a psychopath with an assault rifle and learns that his brain has been successfully transplanted into a young donor body. Still reeling from the shock of his own survival, Anson suffers two even-greater shocks. First, Anson finds that he is now a she, her body-donor the famous and talented young chanteuse, Stardust, a great admirer of Anson's many accomplishments and victim of the same shooter who nearly killed Anson. Second, Stardust’s inner voice tells Anson that her mind is still alive and still occupying her own skull alongside Anson, unable to communicate with anyone but her new tenant. Anson has big plans for her newfound youth, grand projects already underway that she intends to see through to completion: a space elevator to be anchored on an artificial island at Kiritimati Atoll, a nascent lunar mining colony, an O'Neill colony cylinder under construction at the L5 Lagrange point. Before Anson can attend to these matters, however, she must overcome attacks from greedy descendants, from Stardust's unscrupulous former manager, and from a mole in Anson’s own corporation.
Público al que se apunta
Progressive adults and young adults interested in psychosocial science fiction, including the interplay of gender, sex, and orientation as we expand our influence beyond Earth.
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Updated 19 Feb 2017 at 12:40 PM CST
I’ve begun to see some trends that I want to quash. With that in mind, here are my lessons learned from entries to date:
First and foremost, this novel is near-future science fiction. It might also be considered gender-bending fiction, posing questions of gender, sexuality, and orientation beside the larger question of identity—what is it that makes each of us a unique individual? What it is not is horror or dark psychodrama.
Monochrome covers. If your design includes no color at all, I’ll probably reject it. It doesn’t take much, the first design I received from WATCH THIS! was mostly grey-scale but had just enough blue in the highlights to be acceptable and a powerful entry.
Dark, horror-appropriate images. Again, not a horror story.
Youthful male faces. The protagonist is a centenarian.
The name should be given as D.G. Grace, with no space between the first period and the first G. This is an industry standard. Go to Amazon and look up novels by T.C. Boyle for examples.
Don’t mix fonts/typefaces within the title.
Generally, I prefer sans-serif and slab-serif fonts and, please, no distressed fonts.
Lo que debe evitarse
If the designer decides to be literal and include an image of the character Stardust, she should not be the typical buxom eye-candy. Though young and athletic, Stardust considers herself plain and a bit beaky. She has been the brunt of jokes about her flat chest, and her manager wanted her to have a breast augmentation. Think Lady Gaga.
I've included a PDF excerpt of the first three chapters of the novel. This should provide a little insight into the two principal characters, R. Winchester Anson and Persephone Duquesne.
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